Great Car but....
My vehicle a 2012 eHDi Exclusive has all the right stuff but, the turbo lag is very apparent on take off and acceleration, the 6sp EGS is a piece of garbage, it slips, gets confused and is useless. I've had the Mk1 and 2 models of the Mk2 a Seduction and now the Exclusive. All vehicles had the Auto box with the Mk2's with the EGS. With my first Mk2 C4 Seduction, I was involved in an accident (which wasn't my fault) and it got swiped in the front end (as the other vehicle pulled out from my right) and hit me with his VW Amarok. The C4's front en...d was destroyed and all the air bags went off, it was declared a 'right off' and I got the Exclusive e-HDi as a replacement. After getting the replaced vehicle, the same thing, EGS slipping, gets confused and is as slow as a snail. Citroen should really have a hard look at this 6sp Semi Auto box as its useless and a disgrace to wear the Citroen badge. And as I'm reading here, the new models, have the same problems including the C4 Cactus. I'm a devoted Citroen buyer but, I won't be buying another C4 Semi-Auto if they still persist with the 6sp EGS and I will be looking for another brand. I do all my services so i can imagine the cost involved with this vehicle. I had to take my vehicle for an Air Bag swap and a Hood adjustment and the Citroen dealer (I live in the South East Sydney region) was a joke, it took me 1 hour to find the dealer as it was hiding within a BMW dealership and Citroen was mixed up within that, no show room not even 1 Citroen car to be seen all I saw was BMW's and Peugeot cars, this is a joke and Citroen should be ashamed of themselves for downgrading their mark that way, luckily I do all my mechanical work and Ive got all the tools to do a service, diagnosis and Ive just done a replacement of a timing belt. Very disappointing to find the Citroen brand being basterdised so badly in Australia with no support, service in my area!
Purchased in June 2016 for $13,000.00.
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Style And Substance
Brilliant design, character, fun, comfortable, practical and amazing economy. The highly awarded Citroen C4 Cactus arrives in Australia in February 2016. We leased a new one from Global Cars for 10,500 kms in 8 weeks from Lisbon through Portugal, Spain, France, UK and finishing in Paris. The Cactus was so comfortable, fun and versatile. Through cities, villages, mountain ranges and autoroutes it returned 4.4 litres/100 km for the whole trip. It only weighs 1,050 kg - 200 kg lighter than the old C4, being based on a DS3 platform. The automated ...6 speed manual actually is more efficient than the manual. It has paddles for manual changes on the steering wheel but with no pure manual mode is slips back to the automated mode. Citroen. This should be available as a driving mode. More fun and more responsive if you have that option. You learn to adapt your driving to get the best of the automated manual and its quest for efficiency. If you just floor it you get slurred changes when the slightly sloshed Frenchman in the gearbox computer slows the changes for smoothness and economy. Backing off briefly when you desire a change gives more satisfying changes without the rocking motion of the slurred change. Uphill reverse parking in a tight spot can be a bit disconcerting as the clutch engages and disengages in response to changes in the accelerator or brake. If Citroen gave you the full manual mode it would be like driving a DS with hydraulic gear change. Efficient and fun. I would then give it 5 stars. Almost fabulous, brilliant package with great charm and air bumps that protect you in car parks.
Just love the car have had it for 12 months, bought it from new. Very stylish and economical to run. One draw back is the EGS which will stick in neutral at times after starting. It takes sometime for the software to reset. Haven't been able to get the dealer to fix, or even understand it yet!! Has happened three times and will get more forthright about this if it gets worse.
Hydraulic pump - steering wheel defect
2014 C4 citroen - only 10 months in my possession. The hydraulic pump is defective. A spare part is being shipped from France and it will take up to 2 weeks - we have been told.
Citroen does not go into supporting the transport expenses in lieu when the car is immobilised.
the steering wheel gets blocked with error message flashing to stop some 2-5 minutes when you start driving.
At times, when you start the vehicle, the ignition key would not even turn.
Most of the time, the car would run normally - but when on a drive of 1hour, this h...
The End May Be In Sight
My last review of the Citroen C4 An Endless Problem Dec 09, 2014 was written after 6 months of dissatisfaction with the car. I had been to 3 Citroen dealers and they kept saying that they had solved the problem, only to have it return within a hundred or so kilometres.
Now, I'm not any sort of expert on any sort of car, but I've gathered some information that might prove useful:
The European pollution legislation for vehicles is much tougher than Australian legislation. If you could remove most of the anti-pollution devices from your Citr...oen or Peugeot, the car would still comply with Australian guidelines. I believe that European diesel is purer than Australian diesel (not sure ... any comment?). I managed to find a mechanic who was game to block the Exhaust Gas Recycling (EGR) Valve. It's the same for Citroen and Peugeot. This has had the immediate effect of stopping the hesitating / kangarooing / shuddering of the engine. The vehicle has is now running smoothly ............... What a relief!
2013 Citroen C4 e-HDi Seduction B7
Just purchased a new 2013 Citroen C4 e-HDi Seduction B7, Build date July 2012.
Wow what a great car. so glad I did not listen to all the knockers that know nothing about them.
I usually buy a new car every 4 to 5 years and this has to be one of the best (Even better than my Honda Euro Prestige), Great fuel economy, very quiet and comfortable.
Great fuel economy, very quiet and comfortable.
In March 2012 I purchased the 1.6HDI EGS Seduction, brand new, and it was the biggest mistake I have ever made. Firstly, it's terrible to drive. The EGS gearbox is a disaster, it is plagued with issues, struggles to find the right gear, jumps gears and has constant programming problems (after several trips to the dealer they acknowledged the software that controls the robotic manual gearbox isn't quite up to scratch).
Every now and then I would start the car and put it in A (drive/auto) and nothing would happen, the car would just roll as i...f it was in neutral, not even reverse would work. It happened intermittently so the dealer just raised his eyebrows at me and shrugged it off. On top of that I was still charged servicing costs (nearly $600 every 6 months). Not to mention resale value, barely a year later, just shy 20,000km, the car i purchased for 28,990, I listed on carsales for 22,000, reduced it to, 20k, then down to 19k, no interest at all. I ended up having to go round to car dealers to one that would take it. VW offered me 13k for it (to swap for a new golf), the best offer I had to settle for was 15k (from BMW) in the end. I don't want to think of how much money I spent/lost on this car I'm just happy its gone, and happy with my much more reliable and solid bmw X1. My advice to anyone who is considering buying this car, just don't. Buy anything else, buy something with more product support in Australia.
Questions & Answers
We bought a 2011 Citroen C4 and within 7 weeks of purchase we took it to a European specialist for service. Within two weeks of service the radiator kept emptying over night. Took it back to the same mechanic once alerts started appearing and discoverd radiator cap was cracked and popped off. New cap was supplied and coolant refilled. Next day drove to Gold Coast and car alerts came up saying to stop car, engine fault, get service. Daughter ignored because when she slowed down alerts disappeared and since we just had it at mechanics it had to be fine. Car went into idle and whole engine overheated and died. Had whole engine replaced. Everything under honey New except for gearbox. Three days after pickibg it up from new mechanic the exact same thing happened. No coolant same alerts but this time stopped immediately so engine wouldn't overheat. Mechanic is perplexed as to why this would happen. Any ideas?
Really sorry about all your problems, Kris, but I have no technical expertise, so can't offer anything useful.
Sorry to hear all this,as it's not something you hear about and it seems that you have tried everything.Have they run a computer check on the vehicle?..I am sure they have.
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